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  • Date:23 Jul 2011
  • Kick-off:12:30
  • Venue:Ibrox Stadium
  • Attendance:49,083
  • Naismith (57)
  • Obua (15)
Goal!

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92:27 +2.27

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Madjid Bougherra by John Sutton. Direct free kick taken by Allan McGregor.

92:00 +2.00

Unfair challenge on Marian Kello by Steven Naismith results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Marian Kello.

91:41 +1.41

Corner taken left-footed by Steven Davis from the left by-line, Daniel Grainger manages to make a clearance.

91:28 +1.28

A cross is delivered by Gregg Wylde, Ryan McGowan gets a block in.

91:18 +1.18

The ball is crossed by Steven Whittaker, David Obua manages to make a clearance.

91:00 +1.00

The ball is delivered by Steven Whittaker, clearance made by David Obua.

89:35

Ryan Stevenson gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Kirk Broadfoot. Kirk Broadfoot takes the direct free kick.

88:54

Foul by David Obua on Steven Davis, free kick awarded. Steven Davis takes the direct free kick.

88:33

Sasa Papac takes a shot. Marian Kello makes a save.

86:41

Gregg Wylde delivers the ball, Marian Kello makes a save.

85:57

Maurice Edu produces a cross, clearance by Daniel Grainger.

85:47

The ball is sent over by Gregg Wylde, blocked by Adrian Mrowiec.

84:46

Ryan McGowan sends in a cross.

84:18

Madjid Bougherra concedes a free kick for a foul on John Sutton. Direct free kick taken by Marius Zaliukas.

83:59

The ball is crossed by Steven Davis, Adrian Mrowiec makes a clearance.

83:26

Ryan McGowan produces a cross, Lee McCulloch gets a block in.

82:34

The ball is crossed by Gregg Wylde, save made by Marian Kello.

80:13

Ian Black leaves the field to be replaced by Ryan Stevenson. Free kick awarded for a foul by Maurice Edu on Daniel Grainger. Free kick crossed right-footed by Daniel Grainger, clearance by Nikica Jelavic.

78:57

Stephen Elliott delivers the ball.

78:05

Adrian Mrowiec gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Nikica Jelavic. Direct free kick taken by Allan McGregor.

77:18

Corner taken by Daniel Grainger from the right by-line.

76:59

David Obua takes a shot. Save by Allan McGregor.

76:11

The official flags Gregg Wylde offside. Marian Kello restarts play with the free kick.

74:53

Palazon Juanma Ortiz goes off and Gregg Wylde comes on.

72:55

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Daniel Grainger by Nikica Jelavic. Marian Kello restarts play with the free kick.

72:04

John Sutton concedes a free kick for a foul on Sasa Papac. Kirk Broadfoot takes the free kick.

70:33

Palazon Juanma Ortiz delivers the ball.

69:37

The ball is delivered by Steven Whittaker, clearance made by Daniel Grainger.

69:06

The referee gives a free kick against John Sutton for handball. Sasa Papac takes the free kick.

67:35

David Obua crosses the ball, clearance by Sasa Papac.

66:35

Madjid Bougherra concedes a free kick for a foul on John Sutton. Direct effort from the free kick comes in from Daniel Grainger.

66:05

The official flags Palazon Juanma Ortiz offside. Indirect free kick taken by Marian Kello.

65:51

Effort on goal by Stephen Elliott from 20 yards. Blocked by Madjid Bougherra.

64:36

David Obua challenges Lee McCulloch unfairly and gives away a free kick. Madjid Bougherra takes the free kick.

64:01

Madjid Bougherra sends in a cross, Ian Black gets a block in.

62:25

Palazon Juanma Ortiz delivers the ball.

61:41

Steven Whittaker produces a cross, Stephen Elliott gets a block in.

61:12

Ian Black concedes a free kick for a foul on Lee McCulloch. Madjid Bougherra takes the direct free kick.

60:35

The ball is sent over by Ian Black, Steven Whittaker makes a clearance.

59:32

The referee books Lee McCulloch for unsporting behaviour. Marius Zaliukas is shown a yellow card. Lee McCulloch gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Ian Black. Marius Zaliukas takes the free kick.

56:56

The ball is crossed by Sasa Papac, Steven Naismith scores a headed goal from close range. Rangers 1-1 Hearts.Assist by Sasa Papac.

52:30

Maurice Edu is adjudged to have handled the ball. Marian Kello restarts play with the free kick.

51:33

Ian Black concedes a free kick for a foul on Steven Naismith. Free kick taken by Steven Whittaker.

50:37

Steven Naismith delivers the ball.

50:10

Stephen Elliott joins the action as a substitute, replacing David Templeton.

49:50

Palazon Juanma Ortiz delivers the ball, Steven Naismith takes a shot from close in clearing the crossbar.

49:00

Steven Naismith produces a right-footed shot from inside the area that clears the bar.

48:31

Effort on goal by Steven Davis from 12 yards. Save made by Marian Kello.

47:45

Outswinging corner taken left-footed by Steven Davis from the left by-line, Kirk Broadfoot takes a shot. Marian Kello makes a save.

47:24

The ball is crossed by Palazon Juanma Ortiz, blocked by Ryan McGowan.

45:10

Free kick awarded for a foul by Daniel Grainger on Nikica Jelavic. Free kick crossed by Steven Davis, save by Marian Kello.

44:29

The ball is swung over by Sasa Papac.

43:57

A cross is delivered by Madjid Bougherra.

41:40

The referee blows for offside. Indirect free kick taken by Marius Zaliukas.

38:56

The ball is swung over by Daniel Grainger.

37:43

Sasa Papac crosses the ball.

37:35

The ball is delivered by Palazon Juanma Ortiz, clearance by Eggert Jonsson.

34:46

Ryan McGowan concedes a free kick for a foul on Nikica Jelavic. The free kick is delivered right-footed by Steven Davis from left channel, Marian Kello makes a save.

33:31

David Obua produces a drilled left-footed shot from deep inside the penalty box which goes wide of the left-hand post.

33:03

A cross is delivered by Mehdi Taouil.

32:08

Ryan McGowan has an effort at goal from 12 yards. Lee McCulloch gets a block in.

31:05

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on David Templeton by Steven Davis. The free kick is swung in left-footed by Daniel Grainger, clearance made by Steven Naismith.

29:12

The ball is crossed by Daniel Grainger, clearance by Steven Davis.

27:42

The ball is sent over by Palazon Juanma Ortiz, blocked by Ryan McGowan.

26:25

The ball is sent over by Steven Davis.

24:51

The ball is sent over by Mehdi Taouil, Kirk Broadfoot makes a clearance.

24:11

David Templeton takes a shot. Save made by Allan McGregor.

22:43

Steven Davis fouled by Mehdi Taouil, the ref awards a free kick. Allan McGregor restarts play with the free kick.

20:38

Corner taken left-footed by Daniel Grainger, Steven Whittaker fouled by David Obua, the ref awards a free kick. Allan McGregor restarts play with the free kick.

20:22

Shot from 20 yards from Ryan McGowan. Clearance by Kirk Broadfoot.

19:12

Kirk Broadfoot challenges David Obua unfairly and gives away a free kick. Eggert Jonsson takes the direct free kick.

18:09

Corner taken by Steven Davis, John Sutton makes a clearance.

17:51

The ball is sent over by Steven Whittaker, Ian Black makes a clearance.

14:56

Corner from the right by-line taken by Daniel Grainger, David Obua finds the back of the net with a headed goal from deep inside the penalty area. Rangers 0-1 Hearts.The assist for the goal came from Daniel Grainger.

11:03

A cross is delivered by Steven Davis.

7:43

Adrian Mrowiec replaces Andy Webster. Steven Davis takes the inswinging corner, Kirk Broadfoot challenges Marian Kello unfairly and gives away a free kick. Marian Kello restarts play with the free kick.

6:20

Shot from outside the box by Ian Black goes wide right of the target.

5:19

The official flags Nikica Jelavic offside. Marian Kello takes the indirect free kick.

4:16

Shot by Sasa Papac from deep inside the penalty area misses to the left of the target.

3:36

Nikica Jelavic fouled by Eggert Jonsson, the ref awards a free kick. Madjid Bougherra takes the free kick.

1:07

Ian Black crosses the ball.

0:49

Outswinging corner taken by Daniel Grainger from the left by-line, Lee McCulloch manages to make a clearance.

0:35

David Templeton takes a shot. Madjid Bougherra gets a block in.

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Formation:4141Manager: Walter Smith

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Formation: 4132Manager: Jim Jefferies

Hearts

  • Allan McGregor
  • Steven Whittaker
  • Madjid Bougherra
  • Kirk Broadfoot
  • Sasa Papac
  • Lee McCulloch
  • Palazon Juanma Ortiz
  • Steven Davis
  • Maurice Edu
  • Steven Naismith
  • Nikica Jelavic
  • SUBS
  • Neil Alexander
  • John Fleck
  • Lee Wallace
  • David Healy
  • Gregg Wylde
  • Thomas Bendiksen
  • Kane Hemmings

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Match Report

Champions held by Hearts New manager Ally McCoist was denied victory in his first game in charge as Rangers were held to a 1-1 draw by Hearts in their Clydesdale Bank Premier League opener. David Obua opened the scoring for Hearts before Steven Naismith hit back in the second half for Rangers. But the champions could not find the goal to begin their defence of the title with a win. New signing Lee Wallace had to settle for a place on the bench against former club Hearts, while fellow new signing Juan Manuel Ortiz made his SPL debut from the start. Skipper David Weir was suspended. Hearts handed league debuts to Danny Grainger, John Sutton and Mehdi Taouil but another summer signing, Jamie Hamill, was suspended. Chairman Craig Whyte unfurled the SPL flag as Rangers celebrated their world record 54th title before kick-off. Once the game was under way, the Scottish champions could have taken the lead when Steven Whittaker lofted in the path of Nikica Jelavic, who turned in the box and fired just wide of the target from 10 yards. Hearts made their first change after just eight minutes when former Rangers defender Andy Webster, presumably still struggling with a groin injury, was replaced by Adrian Mrowiec. The visitors set out to ruin the party atmosphere and went ahead after 16 minutes when David Obua rose above everyone else in the goal-mouth to meet Grainger's corner and bullet a powerful header into the back of the net. Hearts could have doubled their advantage when David Templeton ran on to Sutton's flick-on and tried his luck with an angled drive that goalkeeper Allan McGregor was able to block. Obua then rifled into the side-netting as he searched for his second of the day and the Jambos cranked up the pressure on their hosts. At the other end, Jelavic saw a weak shot under pressure from Marius Zaliukas tipped wide by goalkeeper Marian Kello as Rangers headed into the interval still trailing. Rangers tried to hit back after the restart and Kirk Broadfoot - deputising for Weir at centre-half - saw his header saved by Kello. Steven Naismith then hooked just over the crossbar after meeting a decent cross from Ortiz, as the home side battled to haul themselves back into the game. Rangers were back on level terms after 57 minutes when Sasa Papac supplied a cross from the left for Naismith and, this time, he left the net bulging with a glancing header that nestled in the bottom corner. Rangers pushed for a winner and Whittaker teed up Ortiz for the shot but he hesitated and the danger was cleared by Hearts. The Spaniard was then replaced by Gregg Wylde after 76 minutes. Hearts could have snatched the win when McGregor was called into action with a superb save to deny Obua.

Form Guide

  • Rangers
  • VS
  • Hearts

Last Meetings

  • Rangers
  • 4 - 0
  • Hearts
  • 07/05/2011
  • Rangers
  • 1 - 0
  • Hearts
  • 02/02/2011
  • Hearts
  • 1 - 0
  • Rangers
  • 22/01/2011
  • Hearts
  • 1 - 2
  • Rangers
  • 02/10/2010
  • Rangers
  • 2 - 0
  • Hearts
  • 18/04/2010
  • Hearts
  • 1 - 4
  • Rangers
  • 27/03/2010

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